Life of Christ from His Twelfth to His Thirtieth Year. II.

Life of Christ from His Twelfth to His Thirtieth Year. II.

PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.

My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.

Life of Christ from His Twelfth to His Thirtieth Year. II.

I. As to His exterior occupation, it is probable that Christ was employed in the occupation of His reputed father, according to the inquiry of the Jews, “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary?” (Mark vi. 3.) Represent to yourself the eternal Son of God engaged in the lowly employment, and meditate in silent admiration on this divine scene of humility. Is this a fit employment for the Lord of glory? Truly, “His work is strange to Him”! (Is. xxviii. 21.) Consider why and for whom all this is done.

II. Christ employed Himself thus out of pure humility; for He who had assumed all the miseries of human nature, and had submitted to the general sentence of death pronounced on all mankind, submitted also to the necessity of labor “In the sweat of thy face thou shalt eat bread.” (Gen. iii. 19.) Christ had this object also in view, viz., to teach us to avoid idleness, as the source and origin of every mischief. Imitate Him, then, and remember that “idleness hath taught much evil.” (Ecclus. xxxiii. 29.)

III. What singular advantages the Blessed Virgin derived from this long and familiar conversation with her God! Imagine what divine entertainment it was for her to discourse with her Son on God and heaven. Figure to yourself the amazement of the Holy Virgin when she beholds Him employed in all the menial services of domestic life. She might well exclaim, “Oh, the depth of the riches, of the wisdom, and of the knowledge of God!” (Rom. xi. 33.)

Reflect on each particular, and draw principles for your own conduct.

PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.

My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.

Meditations for every Day in the Year by Rev. Roger Baxter, S.J. – 1884

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Provided that humility and sweetness are not lacking in you, the goodness of God will not fail to help you to fulfil, not only without repugnance, but even with joy, whatever promises you have made Him.St. Ignatius of Loyola, Letter on Obedience.

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February Devotion: The Holy Trinity (also the Holy Family)

Virtue to practice: Humility

I vow and consecrate to God all that is in me: my memory and my actions to God the Father; my understanding and my words to God the Son; my will and my thoughts to God the Holy Ghost; my heart, my body, my tongue my senses and all my sorrows to the sacred Humanity of Jesus Christ, ‘who was contented to be betrayed into the hands of wicked men and to suffer the torment of the Cross.’ – St. Francis de Sales

An indulgence of 3 years.

A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if this act of oblation is devoutly repeated every day for a monh (S.P.Ap., Sept. 22, 1922 and May 12, 1934).

The faithful who devoutly offer any prayers in honor of the Most Holy Trinity with the intention of continuing them for nine successive days, may gain:

An indulgence of 7 years once each day:

A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions at the end of the novena (S.C. Ind., Aug. 8 1847; S.P. Ap., Mar. 18, 1932).

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Saturday after the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.

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